So the power went out here about 1am and I went for a drive to see WTF was going on, it was odd how it went out and tried to come back on like 8 times
- totally not normal. 1/2 of town was out (location about 90mins west of philly). Talked to town maintenance guy, said they knew about it, he was
coming from waste water treatement plant (which has unusually high security, like a lot, for a small town crap treatment facility...). went home, sat
for a little and though I saw police lights reflecting off something, but they were coming from the wrong side of street (dark woods), so looked over
and it looked like there was a rave in the clouds. I thought it was some kind of missle attack or something (with what has been going on...), and the
odd thing is, it was directly over the treatment plant, which has nothing to do with power (thought it could be arcing from turning power back on..).
Also, the plant never looses power for some reason, the entire town can go out but it has 70, 400 - 1500w mercury vapor lights on lighting it up
brighter than day (damn light pollution, that place kills sky views for miles...)
Edit: I want to add that when I noticed the lights I also noticed an unusually low cloud above the treatment plant. If you have ever seen a cloud
front roll across a clear sky, it looked similar to this. I couldn't see how far it extended vertically but the entire town was covered in rain
clouds and it was bright enough from street lights & a HUGE parking lot (with 100's of bright lights) to see the low cloud that I'm guessing was about
1/4 - 1/2 mile wide and about 2000-3000ft off the ground. The light was coming from inside the cloud at about 3000-4000ft above ground, and it was
clear that it wasn't radiating from the ground and bouncing back down or to the sides, this was very clear about the light. It really looked like
missiles or rockets were being fired from within the cloud and even some explosions within it. The response of the transformer (below) made me
comment about this b/c I've seen transformer explosions before and this isn't like that at all, though somewhat similar.
So I get out and start video taping, but realize that nothing is showing on the screen but I can see it clear as day, It looked like there was a
police car about 3-4,000 ft in the sky surrounded by THICK clouds. Then there would be super bright flashes originating from the cloud, as bright as
lightening, lighting the entire viewable area like day time. No sounds whatsoever in fact it was eerily quiet except for the wind and rain. It had
started raining again about 20-30 seconds before the lights and wind picked up to 40-50mph (from about 10-15mph), rain was coming down in sheets and
then stopped like someone turned off a switch, that is when I got out and started filming. It was still extremely windy and the temp is about 35 or
so (about 15 lower than normal).
So these lights lasted about 45-60 seconds and it was truly amazing. The white flashes were caught on camera but none of the other colors showed up,
at least not that I can see on the phone screen. They were pulsing back from red, orange, blue and maybe some yellow/green after the blue if it was
going to the white flash. Each color lasted about 1/2 second or so and the bright flashes lasted the same and the white flash might pulse 2-4 times
before going back to colors.
The worst thing about seeing something like this is not knowing what it is, and wanting to watch it and record video at the same time. Most people
complain that there is never video of things like this, but it is damn hard to record and watch and you end up missing some of the best things while
recording. I fumbled with my camera for like 20 seconds before it would record and missed a decent amount of the show, which sucks, but I wanted to
show others the thing's I've seen b/c I have no clue what they are.
On another note, I've seen really strange stuff above this treatment plant before, like isolated lightening directly above when no other lightening in
the clouds as well as some low flying air craft that seem to fly like helicopters but no sound and I'd be able to hear choppers from where I am, they
also have a non-standard light identification/strobe pattern, blue/red/white (each light flashes through each color) on 3 locations on the body and it
is a really odd pattern unlike any standard airplane or helicopter strobe i've seen. It is more like police light strobes than plane ID/warning
strobes. The pulses seen aggressive if that helps you imagine that..
Also, I am sure that these lights were not from the aircraft I have seen before, unless they were 500x brighter for the red/orange/blue and a million
times brighter for the white strobe..
I'll get the video posted when I get things up and running from the power outage.
edit on 4 16 2018 by DigginFoTroof because: (no reason
edit on 4 16 2018 by DigginFoTroof because: added part about low hanging cloud & transformer